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Past Patriotic Speakers

The Oldest Continuous Celebration in the United States. Patriotic Exercises is the foundation for our claim. Each year a Patriotic Speaker or Speaker of the Day is chosen by the Committee to speak to our community to kick off July 4th.

2000-Present

2019

2018

2017

2016 – Robert G. Flanders, Jr.

2015 – Dr. Donald J. Farish

2014 – MG Kevin R. McBride 

2013 – Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr.

2012 – Ira Magaziner

2011 – Brig. Gen. Rick Baccus

2010 – Rev. Daniel B. Randall

2009 – Edward O. Cyr, M.S.N.

2008 – Dr. William F. Bundy

2007 – Dr. Patrick T. Conley

2006 – Senator Jack Reed

2005 – Paul Fletcher

2004 – Anthony J.Dennis

2003 – Rear Adm. Barbara McGann

2002 – David Foehr

2001 – Anthony J. Santoro

2000 – Gen. Michael T. Byrnes (Ret)

1990-1999

1999 – Hon. Frank J. Williams

1998 – Jerome M. Donovan

1997 – Corn. Linda Borges-DuBois

1996 – Lt. Col. Anthony D. Nastri

1995 – Porter A. Halyburton

1994 – Richard V. Simpson

1993 – William Sweeney

1992 – Mario Mancieri

1991 – Manuel C. “Manny” Correira

1990 – W. DeWolf Fulton

1989 – Joseph Caromile

1988 – Robert Arruda

1987 – Joseph Januario

1986 – Roswell S. Bosworth, Jr.

1985 – The Rev. Walter Rudy

1984 – Judge Eugene Cochran

1983 – RWC President Will. Rizzini

1982 – Dr. William Crausman

1981 – Robert L. daC. Bernard

1980 – Louis P. Alfano, Jr.

1979 – Joseph G. Kinder

1978 – BGen. Raymond A. Thomas

1977 – Judge Anthony J. Dennis

1976 – Chief Justice Jos. Bevilacqua

1975 – RADM Lucien Capone, Jr.

1974 – Bishop Louis E. Gelineau

1973 – Judge J.R. Weisberger

1972 – Gen. Robert E. Cushman, Jr.

1971 – Edward Travers

1970 – Dr. Werner A. Baum

1969 – Roswell S. Bosworth

1968 – Dennis J. Roberts

1967 – RADM Means Johnston, Jr.

1966 – Monroe E. Toevs

1965 – Mort Blender

1964 – Judge Edward Plunkett

1963 – Judge Arthur Carrellas

1962 – Senator Claiborne Pell

1961 – Senator John 0. Pastore

1960 – George T. Howe

1959 – Justice J.R. Weisberger

1958 – Judge Robert E. Quinnv

1957 – Brig. Gen. A.K. Sibley

1956 – Joseph F. Bruno, Colt School

1955 – Capt. William L. Eagleton

1954 – Lt. Col. B.W. McLean, USMC

1953 – Hon. John Muccio, US Amb.

1952 – Dr. You Chan Yang

1951 – Gov. Dennis J. Roberts/

1951 – Capt. Richard Visser, USN

1950 – Senator Edward L. Leahy

1949 – RADM H.S. Kendall, USN

1948 – VADM John D. Price, USN

1947 – U.S. Senator J.H. McCrath

1946 – Commodore Paul Theiss, USN

1945 – Asst. Justice Capatosto

1944 – Judge M.A. Sullivan

1943 – Capt. Gilbert C. Hoover

1942 – Dr. Lucas A. Whipple

1941 – Judge John P. Hartigan

1940 – Judge M.A. Sullivan

1939 – Governor W.M. Vanderbilt

1938 – John W. Haley

1937 – John Scanlon

1936 – Asst. Justice A. Capatosto

1935 – Judge Alexander G. Churchill

1934 – Hon. Felix Hebert

1933 – Hon. Francis B. Condon

1932 – Hon. Ray Rawlings

1931 – Hon. M.A. Sullivan

1930 – Judge A.A. Capatosto

1929 – Asst. Att. Gen. J.F. Hughes

1928 – Att. Gen. Charles Sisson

1927 – Bishop Louis C. Sanford

1926 – Hon. Richard W. Jennings

1925 – Hon. Leo M. Harlow

1924 – Mrs. Ray Cox Flint

1923 – Senator McGrane

1922 – Rev. Luciano R. Capone

1921 – Sen. Herbert M. Sherwood

1920 – Asst. Att. Gen. A.A. Capatosto

1919 – Rev. F.S. Penfold

1918 – Hon. LeBaron B. Coltl

1917 – M. Louis DeSadeleer

1916 – Col. H. Anthony Dyer

1915 – Rev. Jamuel Lindsay

1914 – Lt. Gov. Roswell Burchard

1913 – Rev. A. Clark McGilton

1912 – Hon. Geo. O’Shaunnessy

1911 – Rev. A.C. Lamed

1910 – Governor Aram J. Pothier

1909 – James F. Lavander

1908 – Edward Lawrence Leahy

1907 – Rev. John McVay

1906 – William A. Kennedy

1905 – Rev. Samuel Smith Drury

1904 – Rev. i.F. Downing

1903 – Col. Frank T. Eastern

1902 – Rev. Wilenoir Hood

1901 – William T. O’Donnell

1785-1899

1899 – Henry W. Hayes

1898 – Hon. Orrin F. Bosworth

1897 – Irving H. Gamwall

1896 – Rev. A.W. Kingsley

1895 – William F. O’Donnell

1894 – Rev. S.D. Moxley

1893 – Samuel Morris, Jr., Esq.

1892 – Orrin F. Bosworth, Esq.

1891 – Rev. S.D. Moxiey

1890 – Rev. W.F. Davis

1889 – Theron H. Carter

1888 – Samuel Norris, Jr., Esq.

1887 – Rev. S. Hamilton Dayl

1886 – Hon. Henry J. Coggeshall

1885 – Gen. Horatio Rogers

1884 – Col. Daniel R. Ballou

1883 – Samuel Norris, Jr., Esq.

1882 – Col. George T. French

1881 – Rev. Edwin F. Jones

1880 – no record

1879 – Hon. James C. Collins

1878 – LeBaron B. Colt, Esq.

1877 – Hon. Francis Brinley

1876 – Rev. James D’Wolf Perry

1875 – Col. Henry H. Robinson

1874 – LeBaron B. Colt, Esq.

1873 – Hon. N.F. Dixon, Jr., Esq.

1872 – Rev. William Miller

1871 – Rev. James P. Lane

1870 – Rev. G.L. Westgate

1869 – John C. Pegram, Esq.

1868 – Rev. George L. Locke

1867 – Rev. J.J. Peck

1866 – Rev. Mark Tafton

1865 – Hon. Sidney Dean

1864 – Rev. William Stowe

1863 – Rev. S.F. Upham

1862 – Hon. Frances Minor

1861 – Thomas W. Bickness, Esq.

1860 – Rev. David H. Ela

1859 – Charles Blake, Esq.

1858 – John Turner, Esq.

1857 – Rev. Dr. S.K. Sweetman

1856 – Asa Arnold, Esq.

1855 – James T. Brady, Esq.

1854 – Thomas Shepard, Esq.

1853 – E.P. Whipple, Esq.

1852 – Rev. J.W. Smith

1851 – Rev. J.C. Richmond

1839-50 – no records avialable

1838 -Dr. Silas Holmes

1837 – Rev. Dr. Henry Wight

1836 – Russell Bullock

1827-35 – Rev. Dr. Henry Wight

1826 -Walter W. Dalton

1822-25 – Rev. Dr. Henry Wight

1821 – Professor John D’Wolf, Jr.

1820 – Joseph W. Torry, Esq.

1816-19 – Rev. Dr. Henry Wight

1815 – Rev. Bamabas Bates

1785-1814 – Rev.Dr. Henry Wight*